Claudius' temples burned
after the application of electric eels
to treat his headaches, but they say
it worked, and who are we
to doubt? Blood-letting helped
treat typhoid until someone decided
to give patients bed rest,
blankets, fluids, and found that
we are capable of healing ourselves.
Egas Moniz won the Nobel Prize
for lobotomies. I measure the morning
with steel calipers and hope for the best.
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